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29/10/14 - Colombia and Peru fulfil the criteria for visa-free access to the Schengen area

The European Commission adopted two reports concluding that Colombia and Peru fulfil the relevant criteria, with a view to the negotiation of visa waiver agreements between each of these countries and the EU.

29/10/14 - Colombia and Peru fulfil the criteria for visa-free access to the Schengen area: access to documents

The European Commission has concluded that the necessary conditions are met for the start of visa waiver negotiations between the EU and Colombia and Peru.
Once the reports have been discussed in the appropriate committees and groups of the European Parliament and the Council, the Commission will seek authorisation from the Council to negotiate short-stay visa waiver agreements with each of the two countries. If the Council grants such an authorisation, negotiations could start in the first trimester of 2015. Only after the agreements enter into force will visa-free for the citizens of these countries become a reality. This could happen, at the very earliest, in the second half of 2015.

22/10/14 - European Parliament elects new European Commission

On October 22, 2014, the Members of the European Parliament approved the new college of 27 Commissioners, as presented by its President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker, with 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions. The new European Commission now needs to be formally appointed by EU heads of state or government to enable it to take up duty on 1 November for a five-year term.